US BOEM set to conduct environmental review of two wind energy projects

The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is set to conduct an environmental review of two offshore wind energy projects that have been proposed for off the coast of New Jersey.

A plan submitted by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC involves the construction and operation of two commercial-scale offshore wind projects in federal waters 8.7 miles off the New Jersey coast.

The first of the projects will have a capacity of 1,510 megawatts, enough to power more than 700,000 homes.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said that “the Interior Department is moving rapidly to develop a clean energy future with good-paying union jobs. Offshore wind holds enormous potential for our nation, and the wind resources offshore New Jersey are no exception. As we kick off this process, the Department will continue to do our part to ensure the development of our offshore renewable energy resources is done responsibly and sustainably.”

The Biden Administration hopes to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

Earlier this year, BOEM completed its review of a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) for the Vineyard Wind, the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind project to obtain federal approval. It also has nine more COP reviews underway, with plans to for an additional six by 2025.

The administration is also preparing for lease sales offshore the New York Bight, the Carolinas and California next year, as well as exploring the potential for offshore wind off the Gulf of Maine, Oregon, Hawaii, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Atlantic Shores hopes that it will be able to begin construction on the New Jersey project in 2024.